Men’s basketball drops third straight in 84-67 loss to C-SC

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The Baker University men’s basketball team dropped its third straight conference contest after an 84-67 loss to Culver-Stockton College Saturday in Collins Center.

C-SC ranks second in the NAIA in 3-point shooting percentage and the Wildcats showed why Saturday as they nailed 13 from behind the arc.

“They can put five guys out there who can shoot it,” head coach Sean Dooley said. “So that puts a lot of pressure on your defense. Kind of what makes them run is (Marshawn) Norris, their point guard, he is very good with the ball in his hands.”

Dooley said coming into the game that Baker wanted to limit Norris’ possessions, but the C-SC senior had other ideas as he led the team with 19 points and seven assists.

C-SC not only found success from 3-point range but also shot 49 percent from the field and 7-9 from the free throw line. While Baker went 16-20 from the charity stripe, the Wildcats were limited to 38 percent from the field.

“If you take bad shots, it will kill you and that’s what happened,” Dooley said. “We can get good shots against them, but we just have to be patient and kind of play together.”

Seniors Ben Steinlage and Kevin Lysaught were the lone Wildcats to score in double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

While trailing 44-27 at halftime, Dooley said Thursday’s 74-62 loss to Peru State College may have deflated BU during the first 20 minutes of play Saturday.

“For some reason this week, we kind of reverted back to how it was early January … where our guys are trying maybe too hard, trying to do it themselves and that’s not how we can play,” Dooley said.

During the matchup with Peru State, the Bobcats again outshot Baker by 12 percent from the field. They also pulled down 35 rebounds while limiting the Wildcats to 24.

Senior Jordan Honore led Baker with 12 points and Steinlage was close behind with 11.

With the losses, Baker dropped to 14-11 overall and 7-8 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

Baker will attempt to get back on the winning trail against No. 22 MidAmerica Nazarene University at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Olathe.